Minimalism is my word of the year and I’ve been diving in head first. Though last month I largely applied it to my social commitments, I also started to tackle my wardrobe and promised to share more details.
Well, friends, the day has come to dive in more and I figured a mini-series would be a fun way to do it. Today I’m sharing 3 tips for curating a minimalist wardrobe, and soon will share details on the key items I depend on—specifically in terms of clothes, accessories, and active and loungewear.
Let’s get started…
1. Find style muses.
Get the ball rolling by deciding what will inspire your wardrobe. It can be helpful to create a Pinterest board for this, as well as find brands (or even style bloggers!) that have clothes that are aligned with your personal style. For me, recently I find myself turning to Madewell and Lou & Grey for inspiration, as well as Could I Have That? and Un-Fancy.
2. Choose a color palette.
Personally, I’m all about neutrals. Blacks, whites, greys, tans and metallics are the name of the game for me, and also make it easy for me to mix and match with little thought. That being said, color definitely still works when being a minimalist—just make sure your colors go together. When I’m in the mood for more color, I usually add some in with my accessories to keep things bright and fresh each season. Choosing a color palette is especially helpful when it comes to incorporating pattern into your wardrobe—mixing prints works best when the patterns are in the same color family.
3. Pick clothes for your real life, not your imaginary one.
While there are so many chic looks I end up pinning to my style boards on Pinterest, not all of them are conducive to my lifestyle these days. The items in your wardrobe absolutely need to fit with your real life, not the life you wish you had. I walk twice a day with Jack (and often end up meeting up with people or running errands while doing so), so investing in non-embarrassing athletic wear is absolutely worth it to me. Two other key items? Comfortable shoes and high-waisted pants with a good amount of stretch. Ankle boots and flats are the most practical for me right now because I can wear them while also wearing Jack, and pants with a higher rise (and stretch!) are just a lot more conducive to bending over to pick up a child (as well as more forgiving for the postpartum body…am I right, mamas?). I also am choosing easy-to-wash fabrics over anything hand wash or dry clean only.
There you have it—three tips for beginning to curate your minimalist wardrobe! Stay tuned for the next posts in this mini-series featuring specifics on the items I rely on in my own wardrobe.
Photo via Sezane